Iotation

  • in slavic languages, iotation (ən/, ən/) is a form of palatalization that occurs when a consonant comes into contact with a palatal approximant /j/ from the succeeding phoneme. the /j/ is represented by iota (ι) in the cyrillic alphabet and the greek alphabet on which it is based. for example, ni in english onion has the sound of iotated n. iotation is a distinct phenomenon from slavic first palatalization in which only the front vowels are involved, but the final result is similar.

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In Slavic languages, iotation (ən/, ən/) is a form of palatalization that occurs when a consonant comes into contact with a palatal approximant /j/ from the succeeding phoneme. The /j/ is represented by iota (ι) in the Cyrillic alphabet and the Greek alphabet on which it is based. For example, ni in English onion has the sound of iotated n. Iotation is a distinct phenomenon from Slavic first palatalization in which only the front vowels are involved, but the final result is similar.